Operation Academic Support for Incoming Service Members (OASIS), is dedicated to fostering a healthy relationship between students and community. Established in 2007, the OASIS has turned into more than just a place on campus for student veterans. “It is a place to surround myself with people who get me, it’s more like a family,” says a student. The center, located near the student lounge, thrives off community support and donations. Karen DeBari, veteran mentor, has established the Tunxis OASIS as the pillar example for community colleges in how they support servicemen and women transitioning out of service.
From the plethora of events, to the wall of remembrance, to the laughter spilling over the walls, the center reflects its student aggregate and heroism through military support and salutation. Thriving from student engagement, the OASIS is a place of refuge for those with military service. The club like atmosphere sets it aside from traditional spaces on campus. What it lacks in structure, it makes up for in originality.